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August 15, 2007 / beidson

Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free (Part 1)

My wife is reading a book by the name of the title listed above, written by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I wanted to share of few provocative thoughts from Chapter 7 of the book, titled “Lies Women Believe . . . About Children.”

Lie: “It’s Up To Us TO Determine The Size Of Our Family.” God is the Creator, Author, and Giver of life. Not surprisingly, as the sworn enemy of God, Satan hates life. He has always sought to destroy it. He persuaded Adam and Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit, knowing that if they did, they would die, as God had promised. When Adam and Eve gave birth to two sons, Satan incited the elder of the two to murder his younger brother.

She continues, “As a destroyer of life, Satan is definitely not into encouraging childbearing. Every child that is born has the potential to thwart his purposes by receiving God’s grace and becoming a subject of the kingdom of God. So anything that hinders or discourages women from fulfilling their God-given calling to be bearers and nurturers of life furthers Satan’s efforts.

Abortion, infanticide, and homosexuality are examples of life-destroying practices that have become wildly tolerated throughout our culture. Bible-believing Christians are generally quick to refute such blatantly evil practices. However, the evangelical world–including many outspoken “pro-lifers”–has come to accept a number of philosophies and practices that are subtly “antichildren” and “antilife.”

One of the fundamental tenets of feminist ideology has always been the right of women to dtermine for herself if and when she will have children and how many children she will have. Shulamith Firestone, a popular feminist thinker and writer in the 1960s and 1970s, spoke for the movement when she insisted: “The heart of woman’s oppression is her childbearing and childrearing roles.”

Really? Accoring to 1 Timothy 2:15, women will be “saved” through childbearing, particularly, the birth of a particular Son, the son of Mary, Son of God, Jesus Christ. Of course, this particular passage may be particularly offensive to many women today, who do not really care what Scripture declares about them as women, though it surely speaks about women in the greatest and most precious way.

She continues, “The Christian worldview has been unwittingly influenced by this way of thinking, leading to the legitimization and promotion of such practices as contraception, sterilization, and ‘family planning.’ As a result, unwittingly, millions of Christian women and couples have helped to further Satan’s attempts to limit human reproduction and thereby destroy life.”

This is not a new discussion happening here, so I’m not pretending to add new insight into this old “quandry,” but I would like to say that I agree with Mrs. DeMoss, and would add that many single Christian women are planning their lives around wealth, recreation and reputation, rather than family and children. And if and when they do get married, many times this ideology governs their home. I know of many single and married Christian women who, at the moment, would rather not have children because they are pursuing other things that would be impossible to pursue if children came into the picture.

In fact, to some Christian women, the biblical teachings on childbearing and rearing are repulsive, and at best, odd and strange. I’m not sure why this is the case, unless they are unfamiliar with Scripture altogether, for lack of reading and study. But at any rate, when confronted with biblical views like these, most choose to either ignore them or explain them away.

Perhaps these women ought to consider what it means to be “pro-life” and life-bearers. I am not saying that ALL women MUST bear children to do the will of the Father. I am saying that perhaps not bearing children, for many women, is to disregard the will of the Father for the sake of convenience, pleasure, physical appearance, etc. Perhaps in the spirit of carefree fun, many Christ-loving women have given into the spirit of the age, the spirit of the Antichrist, which belongs to the Christ-hating one, Satan. God help us all to think clearly about the stewardship of life-bearing. In Jesus’ name.

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